His Excellency writes:
CALLING ALL ARTISANS - MUSICIANS - BARDS - PAY YE HEED TO THESE WORDS:
ESTRELLA WAR XXII PROUDLY PRESENTS A DUAL EVENT
During the evening of Friday, February 17 within the Barony of Tir Ysgithr encampment the Kingdom of Atenveldt and Master Tonis van Driele, O.L. most cordially host the 9th Annual Crystal Flute Bardic and the 8th Annual Crystal Fruit Filk (2 events held one after the other). We heartily recommend all interested parties bring their own seating.
Period or Periodesque Bardic Competition / Filk & Funny Bardic Competition
Crystal Flute shall have a sign up time of 7:30 p.m. the first competition will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Crystal Fruit Filk Competition shall begin immediately after Crystal Flute ends.
Any questions regarding the competition should be directed to:
Master Tonis van Driele, O.L.
On Friday night at Estrella War XXII, the 9th Crystal Flute Bardic Champion shall be chosen! List will open at 7:30 P.M. with the competition to be held at 8:00 P.M. around the Barony of Tir Ysgithr encampment firepit. The list will remain open until the beginning of the first performance. Exceptions will only be made if the total list is less than 10 competitors. Sign up for the list will be just prior to the tournament.
Each entry must be vocal (recitative, prose, or song). Instrumental backup is acceptable, but the core of the piece must be vocal since "bardic" refers to an ongoing oral tradition. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Each performance may be no more than six minutes. The subject matter may be based on anything period or on any persons/happenings within the SCA. This is an annual competition and will be open to anyone displaying paid site fees.
** The champion's prize is a Crystal Flute (piccolo) in the Key of D. **
The winner shall be chosen by the autocrat of the competition (Master Tonis) and several guest judges. Decisions shall be made based on quality of performance (judges response), period feel/sound (no colloquialisms or modern slang/manners of speech), and entertainment value (based on audience response). It is important to note that "audience response" does not necessarily mean "most applause." If the piece is a tearjerker...we expect tears. If it is the type that leaves the listener just going..."wow...." and looking stunned then that is what we'll be looking for. The intent is not necessarily to be 100% period but to show off the talent of the composer/performer and to be entertaining without having a modern feel that removes the illusion of a medieval bardic competition. In other words, we're looking for period or periodesque pieces.
All who wish to attend are invited to do so.
8th Annual Crystal Fruit Filk Competition
We have added a filk competition for those looking for something a bit looser and just an overall good time. Any non-period piece (filk or otherwise, any vocal medium) that you think the audience will truly enjoy is welcome. I do request, however, that if a piece is bawdy that at least it is not excessively rude (just use good judgment here…the first competition, after all, was won by a recital of "The Night of the King's Castration.") The prize is a beverage that will be age-appropriate for the victor. The filk competition will be immediately following the Crystal Flute Bardic.